Kanji and Hanmoon, Part 18, 感じ (kanji) and 한문 (hanmoon)

If you live or have lived in Japan, you have seen this next kanji or hanmoon often. I remember walking on a street and looking down and seeing it on the pavement. Yes, they have stop lights and stop signs, but the also put this kanji on the road in Japan where you are supposed to stop. It was originally a foot print, and it evolved to make it easier to and quicker to write.

止めて下さし(tomete kudasai) = Please stop = 중지하십시오 (joong-jee hahsheepshee-o)

Japanese: 止 = stop. In Japanese hiragana, this is とめる (tomeru) which means “to stop,” 止めります (tomerimasu) which means ” 止めてください (tometekudasai) means “please stop.”

Korean: 止 = stop. In Korean hangul, this is 중지 (joong-jee) in the noun form. 중지 하다 (joong-jee hahdah) is the basic verb form. 중지 하십시요 (joong-jee hasheepshee-o) means “please stop.” There are several ways to say “stop” in Korean.


The next kanji or hanmoon begins with 止. Remember that is a footprint. They put the footprint right at a line: 正. It means “correct.” It means you reach the mark.

かれは 正 です。(kare wa tadashi desu.) = He is correct. = 그는 마자요 (mahjah-yo)

Japanese: = correct. In Japanese hiragana, this is ただし (tadashi).

Korean: = correct. In Korean hangul, this is 맞다 (mahjdah) in the basic verb form, and 맞은 (mahjun) in the adjective form.


This next kanji or hanmoon also has to do with feet, but it is a foot print, not the foot. It is a foot print left inside of a place because the person has exited. It means “exit.” You can see this one in the subways in both Japan and Korea. Often it is accompanies by the kanji that you already know 口 which means a mouth or an opening and it looks like this: 出口, meaning the place that you exit.

これは 出口 です (kore wa deguchi desu) = This is the exit. = 이것은 출구 이예요. (eegeosun choolgoo eeyeyo.)

Japanese: = exit. This is the basic form of the verb in Japanese, でる (deru), and when with the other kanji for a place to go through, it becomes 出口 which is でぐち (deguchi) in hiragana.

Korean: = exit. This is 출구 (choolgoo) in Korean hangool, a noun.


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